Recognizing The Jezebel Spirit
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.”
Ephesians 6:10-14 NLT
Once again, we are compelled to write about the destructive consequences of the evil Spirit of Jezebel that are simply too vast to ignore. The “Jezebel-influence” is spread out all over this earth like a thick blanket of deceptive smoke. It is like a seeping toxic air that is designed to train our sub consciousness to act and think in patterns of rebellion to God and God's order of things. Previously, we have thought of the Jezebel Spirit merely as an evil spirit that takes habitat in humans, causing them to act in shrewd evil, demonic manipulation, control, dominance, and perverted sensuality and seduction. Yet, while all that being the truth, there is much more to this Spirit of evil. Let’s look at how big this thing really is…
Jezebel in Television
The Spirit of Jezebel is a dominating factor over the entire earth today. Jezebel hovers over the Television and Film Industry, causing most TV shows to portray a demonic, twisted, and perverted outlook on life. It cleverly teaches people to strive for material wealth, monetary success, and anything that has to do with instant gratification. It portrays the homosexual’s as the ones who have it all together and who are setting the standard for heterosexual men to live up to. It dictates the rules for relationships and marriages by emphasizing and celebrating overbearing and controlling wives ruling over their weak, moronic husbands whose entire married life is pathetically forced to be one of submission to the wife.
TV-shows like “Everybody loves Raymond” and “King of Queens” are both prime examples of how the Jezebel Spirit is teaching how marriages should function, portraying the so-called “reality” of modern family life.
Although viewers find it entertaining to watch these shows because they see some of their own marriage and family issues in them, they are destructive because they communicate the empty and hopeless message that, “This is how it is, and how it's going to be.” Through TV, film, and other media, the value system of Anti-Christ is being promoted, sugar coated in humor and entertainment.
Clearly, the writers and producers in Hollywood are fully responsible for their own actions, but even they are being used as pawns in Satan’s higher strategies which are to desensitize people and slow them down from pursuing God’s standards.
Jezebel in church
The Jezebel Spirit is found in the church. Spirits like jealously, controlling submit-to-me pastoring, greed, possessive leadership, erroneous doctrine, focus on outward appearance, and self-promoting ambition all derive from the Spirit of Jezebel.
Jezebel in Politics and Media
The Spirit of Jezebel manifests in politics through narcissistic leadership, officials who love power and choose to steer a nation away from God through immoral legislation. The media is full of corruption, greed, desire for power, hunger for approval and attention, lies and deception, overindulgence, and money-hunger.
Jezebel in Business
Jezebel is in the business world, causing honest people to compromise for the sake of “staying afloat,” get rich quick schemes, false promises, and false hopes along with so much more.
Jezebel in Marriage
One of the saddest things is the Jezebel Spirit's influence in Christian and non-Christian marriages, and the lack of understanding and effective arrest of these issues when they appear. Sadly, many couples refrain from dealing with the manipulating actions that so clearly expose the Jezebel Spirit's influence and stronghold in the marriage. The name “Jezebel” means “un-husbanded.” Our interpretation of this is that even if the woman possessed by the Jezebel Spirit is married, it will never be a marriage where she will acknowledge her God-given role in the marriage. She will have an attitude of wanting to be equal to the man in all matters — even try to prove to be a better leader than the husband.
One of the main purposes of this evil spirit of Jezebel is to have the wives in the marriage take over the spiritual headship from their husbands, teaching and controlling them, and in doing so, reversing God’s order for marriage. Unless the husband fights his wife for supremacy, he will ultimately end up assuming the second place in the marriage. Men who are forced into spiritual submission to their wives tend to be angry and passive-aggressive. “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1. Corinthians 11:3 NKJV)
May the following examples cause greater awareness of the matters we many times throw aside as minor issues, when they are actually growing stronger and more powerful for every day they are being tolerated.
A Jezebel Spirit in a person….
- Believes to be right. Wants to win. Will argue till you drop.
- Has a blame/guilt mindset: Everything comes down to who is right and who is wrong.
- Is unwilling to compromise on priorities: Everything has to go the way they have planned it.
- Is strongly defensive when approached for criticism and correction, even guidance. Will retaliate by spreading rumors and lies and try to discredit and destroy the reputation of those who confront them for their wrong-doings.
- Rejects good-willed help or empathy because of pride: “Don't feel sorry for me. I can take care of myself.”
- Self-rejects: “You hate me,” “I am not good enough for you,” “What do you want with a fat cow like me?”, “Why don't you marry somebody else?”
- Feels unappreciated: Is constantly fishing for approval, confirmation, understanding, and more interest in them. “You never .... anymore!”
- Uses attention seeking crocodile tears: “You don't love me,” “Just leave me alone.”
- Is unable to receive: Is too proud to receive love and things from God. Feels humiliated in receiving, but likes to give gifts to others to boost their own self-esteem, as if saying: “I can afford expensive gifts,” or “Look what I am able to do with the success I have worked so hard for.” Doesn't believe when they are told that they are loved. “It's never enough”-mentality.
- Has own agenda: Forces their own life-vision and personal dreams of achievement onto the marriage without regards to the spouse.
- Distorts communication: Twists and turns matters into the obscure, and refuses to “kiss and make up,” leaving issues in an ongoing dispute.
- Uses control in relationships and ex-relationships: Doesn't give closure to ex. Leaves matters unsettled. Uses children against spouse or ex. Holds back ex’s personal items, refusing to give them back. Ignores, or uses the “silent treatment” to instill guilt. Claims to be perfect and without fault – nothing to regret or repent from.
- Holds on to old experiences and people from the past. Insists on bringing family members and family traditions into the marriage.
- Justifies everything: Always has an excuse for their activities. Doesn't ask other peoples opinions. Doesn't seek Godly wisdom or exercise self-control. Talks too much. Is inappropriate. Is always busy persuading people and spouse of their standpoint and their good intentions and how wonderful they are. Accuses others of doing what they themselves are doing. Gets easily offended and has a “How dare you speak to me” –attitude.
- Thrives in rebellion and disobedience: Always does “extra” - cannot do with the simple. Doesn't take advice, but is headstrong on their own ideas. Doesn't take correction, but continues justifying their cause. Doesn't heed to the authority they are under, whether God Himself, spouse, pastor, parent, or other but always chooses to be defiant and rebellious against it. Doesn't like to admit fault or failure because their entire identity is built on “never failing.” Resists every flow of peace and order.
- Doesn't have peace. Causes problems instead of avoiding problems. Is confrontational. Is conflict-oriented. Is moody and unpredictable. Often has compulsive control disorders. Is negative and disapproving. Spreads confusion and misunderstandings. Cause division and isolation.
I have seen many Christian's who seem to be born-again, Spirit-filled, intelligent individuals who, despite their salvation and public recognition of Christ, still seem to always be going against the grain. Everything they do seems to be a struggle and a walk of great physical and spiritual labor, as they proclaim to do business for God. It seems everything they do is being resisted, and they are always on the verge of some deep hole of despair and depression, and always dramatically fighting “powerful” spiritual warfare against the devil. They seem to be drawn to Christian teachers who are “a little bit off,” which causes damage and confusion in their Christian walk. They feel like their prayers are not heard. Their faith is diminishing. They start businesses and projects, but things fail, and they blame it on people and circumstances, not owning the reality of their choices to the fullest. They are in opposition to their spouses. They don't submit to anything, and yet they believe they should have it all – all of God's blessings and prosperity. They get one wonderful advice after the other from their Christian brother's and sister's, never actually following any of them.
As we look at these signs of the Spirit of Jezebel in our everyday life, we must remember that most people have several of the tendencies mentioned above. Much of it is simply “flesh.” Having some of these character flaws doesn't automatically mean we are “Jezebel's” - but it indicates that something is wrong, and the answer could lie in the rebuking of the Spirit of Jezebel, and in repentance of the use of manipulation to fulfill our own selfish purposes. Many, who practice this, see victory over these Jezebel strongholds.
It is our desire that we not use this knowledge to accuse or corner each other, but to always pray for direction and God’s wisdom in dealing with the people in our lives who are bound by the issues related to the Spirit of Jezebel.
Copyright©2011 Edwin & Sophia Christiaan
My Question To God
I gave her time to repent, but she would not turn away from her immorality. Revelation 2:21 NLT
This scripture refers to those who possess the Spirit of Jezebel, whom God gives time to repent from their evil ways. One of the many trademarks of those who are controlled by the Jezebel Spirit is that they elevate and promote themselves as being superior beings, called by God to speak correction and direction into people’s lives. They love to brag about the good things they do and how wise they are, as they always seem to have an answer or solution for every question or situation. In reality, they are very selfish and jealous people, inspired by the Devil, with only one thing in mind; to control and manipulate the lives of people, imposing themselves on them, with all the destructive consequences as a result.
If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie. For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil. James 3:13-16 NLT
When God speaks about giving those operating under the spirit of Jezebel time to repent from all their evil deeds, it really means REPENTANCE WITH SORROW!
It is the genuine sorrow for sin committed that will ultimately result in changed behavior.
For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow. But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death. 2. Corinthians 7:9-10 NLT
Another trademark of those who are influenced by the spirit of Jezebel, is that they will never admit any wrongdoing, and therefore, they see no reason whatsoever to repent and receive correction. They are very stubborn, defensive, and prideful when confronted, and will shift the blame back, and accuse those who confront them of lying and having bad intentions against them. No matter how many people say the same thing about the wrong they do, they will interpret it as an attack against their so-called good reputation. If they are sorry, it is only because they have been caught with no where to turn against the evidence against them, and are afraid to lose face in front of others. They are actually more concerned about what others would think about them, than the status of their relationship with God. They will vigorously defend themselves, saying things like: “Oh, God has already been dealing with me about this.” Or; “The Lord has already healed me,” making themselves completely untouchable. In other words, as the above scripture explains, this kind of being sorry is the “sorrow without repentance”.
The following stories give a good example of someone having “sorrow without repentance”, and someone having “sorrow with repentance.”
Sorrow without repentance
This is the story about King Saul of Israel, who was told by the prophet Samuel, the following:
"I anointed you king of Israel because the LORD told me to. Now listen to this message from the LORD! This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation — men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys.' 1. Samuel 15:1-3 NLT
But King Saul and his army did not destroy all the plunder from the battle, and in doing so, Saul disobeyed the command God has given him.
When the prophet Samuel went out to find and confront King Saul about his disobedience, the following conversation transpired between them: (King Saul’s defensive and lying comments and excuses, as he shifts blame for his own disobedience onto his army, are highlighted.)
When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. "May the LORD bless you," he said. "I have carried out the LORD's command!" "Then what is all the bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle I hear?" Samuel demanded. "It's true that the army spared the best of the sheep and cattle," Saul admitted. "But they are going to sacrifice them to the LORD your God. We have destroyed everything else."
Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! Listen to what the LORD told me last night!"
"What was it?" Saul asked. And Samuel told him, "Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The LORD has anointed you king of Israel. And the LORD sent you on a mission and told you, 'Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.' Why haven't you obeyed the LORD? Why did you rush for the plunder and do exactly what the LORD said not to do?" "But I did obey the LORD," Saul insisted. "I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep and cattle and plunder to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal."
But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has rejected you from being king."
1. Samuel 15:13-23 NLT
King Saul was caught in his lies and was about to lose his kingship and now suddenly he has sorrow and is pleading for forgiveness for his sins:
Then Saul finally admitted, "Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD's command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. Oh, please, forgive my sin now and go with me to worship the LORD." 1. Samuel 15:24-25 NLT
Then Saul pleaded again, "I know I have sinned. But please, at least honor me before the leaders and before my people by going with me to worship the LORD your God." 1. Samuel 15:30 NLT
Even though it sounds like King Saul is genuinely repenting, it wasn’t the case. God saw through all of this and rejected him. It was clearly a case of repentance without sorrow or remorse. King Saul was more concerned about his position and reputation as a king and leader, instead of fearing God first and the prophet whom God sent to speak to him.
Sorrow with repentance
This is the story of King David of Israel who committed adultery with Bathsheba and then orders her husband killed in an attempt to cover it up. When David was confronted and exposed by the prophet Nathan, without any excuse, he deeply regretted what he had done and sought God’s forgiveness. Because King David had genuine sorrow for the sin he committed, God forgave and restored him.
Then David confessed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin.” 2. Samuel 12:13 NLT
This is a clear example of “sorrow with repentance.” A similar example, we can find in the New Testament, where Peter and Judas, both disciples of Jesus, denied and betrayed Christ. When Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s lying about knowing Him came to pass, Peter reacted with remorse, which is sorrow with repentance, and was restored by Jesus. But Judas, whom Jesus also knew would betray Him conspiring with the religious leaders, had sorrow without repentance, and ultimately chose to commit suicide.
Peter’s “sorrow with repentance”
Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, a servant girl came over and said to him, "You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean." But Peter denied it in front of everyone. "I don't know what you are talking about," he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth." Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. "I don't even know the man," he said. A little later some other bystanders came over to him and said, "You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent." Peter said, "I swear by God, I don't know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went away, crying bitterly. Matthew 26:69-75 NLT
Judas’ “sorrow without repentance”
When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and other leaders. "I have sinned," he declared, "for I have betrayed an innocent man." "What do we care?" they retorted. "That's your problem." Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. Matthew 27:3-5 NLT
My question to God
Through all of this, my question remains: “God, why are You sometimes allowing me to pray and prophesy good things and a good future over people who clearly have the Jezebel spirit, knowing that they do not want to repent from their rebellious walk, as You also indicated in Your Word?”
I gave her time to repent, but she would not turn away from her immorality. Revelation 2:21 NLT
God answered me with these words: “This is part of the time (or chance) I give those possessed by the spirit of Jezebel to repent or turn away from their immoral ways before I act. This is because I am Faithful.”
If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny himself. 2. Timothy 2:13 NLT
“Because,” the Lord continued, “I tell those who are under the spell of the Jezebel spirit that I love them, and let them see what their future could look like, if they only repent and submit to Me. I want to let them know, through my prophets, how I can use them for My glory if they only would listen and accept My correction. I want to let them know how much they can be healed and set free, if only they truly have sorrow with repentance.”
Copyright©2009 Edwin & Sophia Christiaan